Is a Podiatrist Visit Really Necessary?
Most people don't really give much thought to the health of their feet and ankles until something goes wrong. Unless you suffer from consistent problems that affect the lower extremities, such as diabetic neuropathy, arthritis or even flat feet, scheduling an appointment with a Stafford and Lake Ridge podiatrist rarely crosses anyone's mind. Most people either trim and file their own toenails, corns and callouses, or pay someone else to do it - most likely at a local mani/pedi salon close to the office.
Podiatry Services and Foot Care in Lake Ridge and Stafford
But podiatrists actually provide many essential medical foot care services beyond treating an infected ingrown toenail or shaving down a bunion. The board certified podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC, in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA handle a range of standard and emergency foot and ankle conditions and accidents, including:
- Ankle instability and sprains
- Foot and ankle arthritis
- Wounds and emergency care
- Diabetic foot care
- Sports medicine
- Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery
A podiatrist is a specialist in treating conditions that affect the feet and ankles, and can usually offer more specific and targeted care than a visit to a general physician or the emergency room, depending on the condition.
Even basic podiatry problems like athlete's foot, fungal infections, or heel spurs are often made worse by putting off treatment until the symptoms become uncomfortable. People suffering from diabetes must make foot care a priority in order to avoid potentially serious complications. But all people can - and should - be aware of the health and wellness of their feet and ankles, and seek treatment for any symptoms or conditions out of the ordinary before they have a chance to progress and cause pain and potential problems with walking and movement.
Contact a Podiatrist in Stafford and Lake Ridge
If you are suffering from heel pain, bunions, diabetic or other foot problems, contact a podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA by calling (540)720-0700 and (703)491-9500 to schedule an appointment today.